2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 3, 2012 - Introduced by Representatives Farrow, Zamarripa, Young,
Stone, D. Cullen, Richards, Fields and Zepnick, cosponsored by Senators
Lasee, Taylor and Darling. Referred to Committee on Transportation.
1An Act to create
349.24 (1m) of the statutes; relating to: licensing of taxicabs
2by a 1st class city.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a city, village, or town may regulate and license taxicabs and
chauffeurs and operators of taxicabs and may prohibit the use of motor vehicles for
taxicab purposes on the highways of the city, village, or town if the vehicle or operator
of the vehicle is unlicensed.
Under this bill, a 1st class city (currently, only the city of Milwaukee) may
regulate and license taxicabs by use of a taxicab medallion license system. Under
this system, medallion licenses are initially issued to certain currently licensed
taxicab operators upon payment of a fee not to exceed $500 and, annually, the city
may issue additional medallion licenses by public auction. Not more than an
additional two percent of the initial medallion licenses issued during the first five
years, and one percent of existing medallion licenses thereafter, may be issued
annually. Medallion licenses are transferable upon the payment of a transfer fee to
the city and a holder of a medallion license may allow another person to operate a
taxicab under his or her medallion license.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB529, s. 1
349.24 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) The common council of a 1st class city may enact an ordinance 3
establishing a taxicab medallion licensing system. An ordinance under this 4
paragraph shall provide all of the following:
1. That the city shall issue to any person holding an unexpired taxicab license 6
from the city on the effective date of this subdivision .... [LRB inserts date], that was 7
issued after October 31, 2011, a taxicab medallion license upon the payment of a fee 8
established by the city not exceeding $500, in addition to any renewal or inspection 9
fees charged by the city.
2. That the city shall annually commission a study regarding whether there is 11
new demand for the issuance of additional taxicab medallion licenses and hold a 12
hearing on the study and that, after the hearing, the city shall determine whether 13
to issue additional taxicab medallion licenses.
3. That if the city issues additional taxicab medallion licenses in any year, the 15
number of new taxicab medallion licenses may not exceed 2 percent of the number 16
of taxicab medallion licenses issued under subd. 1. for the first 5 years beginning 17
after the enactment of the ordinance, and may not exceed 1 percent of the number 18
of taxicab medallion licenses existing at the end of the previous year for each year 19
4. Notwithstanding subd. 2., that an initial annual issuance of taxicab 21
medallion licenses under subd. 2. shall occur within 1 year of the enactment of an 22
ordinance under this paragraph.
5. That taxicab medallion licenses issued under subd. 2. shall be distributed 24
by public auction.
6. That a taxicab medallion license is transferrable, except that a city may 2
require a transferee to pay a transfer fee of not more than 10 percent of the highest 3
price paid for a new taxicab medallion license at the most recent auction under subd. 4
7. That a taxicab medallion licensee may enter into an agreement with another 6
person to operate a taxicab under the licensee's taxicab medallion license. The 7
ordinance shall require that a person operating a taxicab under an agreement under 8
this subdivision be subject to any other licensing requirements imposed by the city 9
under this section.
(b) Upon issuing a taxicab medallion license under this subsection, the city 11
shall issue a taxicab medallion plate to the licensee. The licensee shall affix the plate 12
to the outside of his or her taxicab in the manner directed by the city.
(c) Notwithstanding s. 66.0628 (2), any fee imposed or price charged under par. 14
(a) is not required to bear a reasonable relationship to the cost of regulating taxicabs 15
in a 1st class city.